Wichita's StepStone Domestic Violence Program Receives Donation From Verizon Wireless

WICHITA, KS — As part of the company’s national HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $5,000 to StepStone, a Wichita-based organization that provides assistance to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, through its sponsorship of the organization’s annual Shamrock Open Charity Golf Tournament.  Through its assistance to communities, local shelters and agencies, Verizon’s HopeLine program is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.  StepStone provides housing, support services, counseling and social events to help victims of domestic violence become self-sufficient and free from the abuse they have experienced.

“Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy.  We’re thankful to be able to give back to an organization that makes such an impact in the community,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless.  “With this donation, StepStone will be able to help victims transition to a life free of fear and abuse.  Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like StepStone across the United States.”

StepStone, a private nonprofit organization, has provided transitional housing and support services to nearly 675 women and children since 1996.  “We are most thankful for the support from Verizon Wireless,” said Dung Kimble, StepStone program director.  “We have found that providing counseling services to women and children survivors of domestic violence helps speed their return to self-sufficiency, able to live free from abuse and control.”

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence.  Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention.  Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants, collected more than 9 million phones, and distributed nearly 123,000 phones with approximately 406 million minutes of free wireless service.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network.  The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia

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About StepStoneAdditional information can be found at www.stepstoneks.org.

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